Shane Adkins

I live in north AL with my wife Lisa and son, Jim. I’m blessed to have a loving family that strongly supports my musical career. At the age of 14, I began taking piano lessons from Catherine Smith, the pianist at our home church. As I learned the piano, I soon discovered the enjoyment of playing ragtime songs. About the same time, I took up learning the acoustic guitar. During visits with my grandparents in Drakesboro, KY., I met Mose Rager, a thumbpicking pioneer, who would come to the house and play ragtime songs on the guitar with my dad, Ken. So, when learning to play the guitar, I automatically started thumbpicking to learn the Mose Rager style I had grown to admire in my grandparents home.

When I was 15, I began playing at bluegrass conventions with my mom, Leo (yes, that’s her name), who plays harmonica. I also learned guitar licks from local musicians like Bobby Blackburn, Jeff Glover, Carl Williams, and Charles Baites. Mr. Baites, who was a friend of the family, was kind enough to give me his 1948 J45 Gibson guitar which allowed me to develop even more thumbpicking techniques due to the guitar’s great playability.

At age 17, I bought an electric guitar and joined the Southern Edition Band, a group that played in and around Huntsville, AL. Then in 1984, I joined Doyle Bradley and the Country Sounds and played square dances for 14 years. After years of playing electric guitar, I decided it was once again time to pick up the acoustic guitar. It was at this time that I joined with my mom and her husband, Bob Larkin, a concert violinist, to form a trio. We play church functions, weddings, and other social events.

One day while performing at a wedding reception, I met fiddle champion, Jim Wood. My wife and I soon became friends with Jim and his wife Inge. In January 2002, Jim, Inge, and I were invited to perform with Mike Snider on the Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman Auditorium. One of the songs we performed that night was “Beans and Taters” an original thumbpicking song that I wrote about my Grandma, Virginia Adkins.

Jim suggested that I cut a CD at his studio, Pinewood Studio. So, with lots of support, I completed my first CD “Stomping Ground” which is a compilation of original songs and thumpicking tunes.

In August 2003, I entered and won the International “Home of the Legends” Thumbpicking Contest in Muhlenberg County, KY. In October of the same year, I won the fingerstyle guitar contest at The Old Time Fiddler’s Convention in Athens, AL. Both of these contests were fun to enter and thrilling to win. Most exciting to date was September 2005. It was then that I won the International Fingerstyle Guitar Championship in Winfield, KS. Today, I perform regularly at concerts and other venues throughout the Southeast. When performing, I always promote thumb/finger picking because I believe it is an american musical artform that should be preserved and shared.

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Website: http://www.shaneadkins.com/


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